1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Chopperman, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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  2. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    I read that article and agree - what a beautiful motorcycle. My SO just bought a Breva and I must say the eye to detail is visable everywhere from the paint to the backlight color or the gauges. VERY nice. :thumb
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  3. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    I can understand the addiction! :thumb I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years and longed to be old enough to move up from a Vespa to a Guzzi. If we hadn't had the Breva lowered so much - Im afraid I'd comandeer it regularly, hmmmm... maybe I need to get one for myself - you know an around town runner... yeah that's what I NEED to do. :nod
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  4. jdiaz

    jdiaz .

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    The two things that jump out at me.....the 25A alternator and the piston clearance of .0025. Guzzi could have led the electric clothing and heated grip revolution! :):

    Jon
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  5. jdiaz

    jdiaz .

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    Just like almost any bike, until the recent BMW and Honda flamethrower alternator developments.

    Jon
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  6. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    the numbers on this aren't bad compared to some of todays cruisers, ie 1/4mi etc, sub 500lbs dry, almost 6" of clearance thats near what the new DL650 has, almost a dual sport! this as the test state was heavy metal, a 500LB is a middle weight at most. hmmmm, progress.....

    waste of time story....
    My meathead brother and friends used to go to the Guzzi shop (Budshadts by the old Aquarius on 170 Aurora, seattle) and see how low they could tip one of these over (in the showroom) , sometimes it took a couple of them to right it up, the owner wasnt too attentive, 35 or so yrs ago.

    Cool shop, Guzzi, Ducati, Maico, Sachs from what I remember, smelled like a shop, not one of theNordstrom 'er H-D superstores out now.
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  7. Komet

    Komet The Voice of Reason

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    L1gunman, what are those cords draped over the rear bags? Just bungee cords?
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  8. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    I have such a woodie for those old beasts. It's the lobed tank. It makes me all sweaty. I tried, in vain, to rescue one from a friend that had a love/hate relationship with one. He loved the bike, and swore to never part with it. But he hated taking care of it. I don't think a single gasket was keeping anything in anymore and the entire bike was black with filthy oil sludge. I suppose it saved him from ever changing the oil - he just topped it off as needed.
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  9. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    What's one go for these days?
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  10. supercreep

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    i painted one of those a few months back.

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  11. supercreep

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    i like the flow of the tank stripes.

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  12. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    Thanks.
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  13. Flash

    Flash Sand Boxer

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    Neat Eldorado rig here

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  14. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    Thanks Chop.
    I'm not remotely serious at this point - though I wish I were. When the time comes, and it will, I'll drive you nuts with questions. :):
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  15. 2Laud 2Bro

    2Laud 2Bro Been here awhile

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    What kind of "bird" is that on the Guzzi emblem?
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  16. 2Laud 2Bro

    2Laud 2Bro Been here awhile

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    59 species of eagles, 4 main groups.

    At the motorcyle show, I saw the bird on the Guzzi and then glanced over at the Harley bikes and my curiosity started.

    After a quick internet search, it seems that Guzzi is most likely golden eagle and Harley is the bald eagle.

    Tidibit: In Greece the golden eagle will drop a turtle from the sky to break it's shell and have lunch.
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  17. Jonniedee

    Jonniedee Been here awhile

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    ...and Benjamin Franklin noted that fact about Bald Eagles and wanted to change the National bird to a Turkey Vulture!
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  18. Brandx

    Brandx Directionally Challenged

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    I love the drink holder with the can of Rainier!! Can always tell when a picture was taken out west somewhere when you see a can of Rainier in the picture!
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  19. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    I distinctly remember riding my '72 Eldorado through a farmer's hay field, circa November 1980, up a grassy ridge and wheelying over the crest.

    Throttle slides on twisty gravel roads were a no-brainer.

    Those are great bikes.

    :ricky
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  20. d mc gee

    d mc gee Been here awhile

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    Here's my $500 Ambo I picked up on my way home from AMA Vintage days.
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    Notice the rear bumper.:roflSecond owner, 24,000 miles, and I mentioned I paid $500.:D
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